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Coolest Sci-Fi Capital Ship Round 1
I'll add others to future polls after we have a winner here.
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Enterprise
38%
SDF-1
16%
Space Battleship Yamato (aka Argo)
13%
Star Destroyer
33%
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+Derek Skinner The cylon base stars, in both versions of the show, were much cooler than the Galaciticas though. Just like the devil has all the best musicians, in sci fi the bad guys have all the really cool gear.
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What is the best way to play mp3 music for your players?  I have the Icewind Dale soundtrack and would love to use some of the tracks but figure there has got to be a better way than putting a microphone in front of my speakers.
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You can put your own Soundcloud tracks in the Roll20 Jukebox by URL.
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Forgive me for a Noob question.  I recently picked up both of the basic 4E books and I'm not seeing a section anywhere with guidance on creating monsters to use in a game.  Obviously don't want to go through the whole character creation process to create a archetypical D&D style "Goblin"  or some other type of cannon-fodder enemy.
Where should I be looking for the rules in question?
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GURPS treats PCs, NPCs, Monsters, and toasters the same. They can all be built as "characters". That said, if you need quick monsters, just give them the traits that are relevant.

For fodder that's designed to go down quick, just give them move, attack stats (skill, damage, damage type), and target stats (SM, DR). They never use active defense, always fail resist rolls, and any damage that gets past DR kills them.

For less squishy enemies, give them "resist" stats (HT, Will), defense (dodge, parry, block), HP, FP, etc. They can avoid damage and resist spells/powers, but don't need a full set of stats.

Continue to add stats based on what level of detail and rules apply to them.

To balance enemies, give them average damage that is just above the average DR of the party, Give them DR of just below the average party damage. Etc.
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So I see the minimum requirement is an i3 for the PC.  I'm wondering if or how it'll run on my older (but still decent) Core 2 Extreme Quad Core 3.0Ghz machine.  Any thoughts?  So far it has been fine with most other games though my vid card could stand an upgrade.
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+Tarun Menon Good call! 
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I've tried everything I can think of to fix the audio problems with the PC version of Mass Effect I bought on Steam.  I even went so far as to buy an external USB sound card and still I have problems.

Has anyone here managed to fix the hanging and skipping on the PC version?
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New update - Definitively went away last night.  My gaming laptop has two graphics cards.  The Intel on the motherboard and an NVidia card.  The system is configured to use the Intel card whenever possible to conserve battery power but to kick in the NVidia card for  higher end graphics processing.
Well... Mass Effect is an old game and for the most part the Intel card is plenty.  I realized that the hang was happening whenever the NVidia graphics card was kicking in and that "kick in threshold" happened to be exceeded whenever there was dialogue.  That small delay between cards was all that was causing the issue.  I went into device manager and disabled the NVidia card and all problems are gone.  The Intel card is more than sufficient to push Mass Effect.
Long story short... if you have a set up like mine with two graphics cards and are running into system hang/audio hang problems you may want to try disabling one of the graphics cards and see if that helps.
For some reason Mass Effect didn't like when I disabled the Intel card and used the NVidia by itself.
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Q: Is it possible to parry or dodge ranged attacks?

I get the impression that you can dodge ranged attacks at a penalty (Rifts Ultimate Edition gives a negative modifier to dodge ranged weapon attacks) but what about parrying?  I could see parrying using a similar negative modifier and also taking up an attack.

Just wanted to know if there is an official answer and the book/page number I can find it on.
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I read a strategy to make more gold in the long run.  We all know that only Warcraft has characters for each role.  Starcraft doesn't have a Warrior and Diablo doesn't have Support (Yet... will change after the Monk is released).  So when you get a "Play X games as a Starcraft character" or "Play X games as a Diablo character" you just leave them in your queue since they are two of the lowest paying daily quests.  Since quests can't replicate it gives a higher probability that you'll get a higher paying quest each day.
With that in mind I picked up Illidan as my Warcraft Assassin.  So far he hasn't been exactly awe-inspiring.  Any tips for playing him effectively?
Really hoping Blizzard releases a Starcraft Warrior soon.  I much prefer that genre of heroes over the other games.
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Actually I've discovered that Illidan doesn't really need a healer.  Make sure you take all of his survivability talents and you are good to go.With his attack speed you can regain health pretty quick in the few short seconds that you are semi-invulnerable.  He is great for grabbing Mercs because every one of their attacks is a "Basic Attack" which he can easily avoid.  Take Shadow Shield, Reflexive Block, Sixth Sense, and Stoneskin and you'll just laugh at damage.  Just keep spamming the Evasion whenever it cools down.  Nice thing about Illidan is that he is purely on cooldowns... no mana.  And with The Hunt you can be off taking on mercs in the late game but still be johnny-on-the-spot for team fights whenever you are needed.
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Coolest space fighter poll v2.0
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Buck Rogers Thunderfighter
8%
Colonial Viper
32%
Gunstar
20%
X-Wing
40%
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Tie fighter would be my chice really.
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Season 6  - 
 
What do you want to bet that Cersi feels backed into a corner now that "Franken-Mountain" can't win a Trial by Combat for her?  I'm betting she'll strike against the Sparrows with Wildfire and accidentally kill Tommen with it.
http://www.geek.com/news/what-were-cersei-and-qyburn-talking-about-on-game-of-thrones-1658015/
HBO isn’t releasing descriptions for the final two episodes, meaning we know as much now as we will until they release a precious few press photos.
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+Josie Yeatman he has to be dead first
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Has anyone played Mass Effect 1 on the XBox One using the new Backwards Compatibility feature?
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Yup. It's brilliant. Disc.
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Going to be starting a Palladium Fantasy game of my own before too long.  Just using the system and races but the setting is something of a homebrew.  Starting out small and mapping the world around the players.  Here is a link to my Obsidian Portal website.  Comments and suggestions are welcome, trolling is not.  :)
We will be using 2E Palladium Fantasy RPG with a few tweaks. 2E added things to make the game Rifts compatible which don’t, IMHO, belong in a Fantasy game. For character creation you may use the core book, The Old Ones, and Adventures on the High Seas. This will be a Human-Centric campaign. Even though Palladium has MANY PC races not all of them are suitable. For every 2 Human PCs there can be ONE demi/non Human PC. These will be most like ambass...
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Is it just me or does anyone else think that Harmony Gold missed a golden opportunity?  Instead of issuing a C&D to FASA they should have said "Look, we know you are using mech designs that belong to us.  Rather than getting all nasty about it we'll sell you a license and a really great price provided you stick to making miniatures".  Then, I'd sell a license to make large plastic toys of the SAME MODELS to some other company.  Battletech players would buy the big toys of their favorite mechs and the toys would be an entry point to the Battletech game.  Win-Win and Harmony Gold could have sat back and raked in their licensing profits without having to produce a damned thing.  Or better yet... they could have used the profits to actually make and finish The Sentinels instead of letting it die because of their stupid toy deal with Matchbox.
http://www.qqmercs.com/now-you-see-me-and-now-you-dont-a-brief-history-of-the-unseen/
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I agree... it could have been a win win for everyone! Those old designs are classic! 
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